Holly the jolly collie. (Susannah Hutcheson)
Over winter break, the ethos of an ASPCA commercial and a coinciding Facebook post showing pictures of puppies got me to hop in my car, drive to the Dallas Animal Shelter, and adopt a border collie mix. We’re going on three months of hating bath time, loving daytime naps, and playing fetch in the backyard every. Single. Day.
There have been expensive times (vaccinations, anyone?), frustrating times (consult the chewed hole in my wall), and adorable times (is there any thing cuter than a sleeping puppy?), and I haven’t regretted my decision once.
I’M IN COLLEGE!!!
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If you’re looking to become one of those college students with a puppy friend and an accompanying dog Instagram, here’s what no one tells you about adopting a little canine friend for your collegiate adventures.
1. They’re expensive
Okay, so maybe people did tell you this one. But, you have to be prepared for the financial burden that puppy lovin’ can put on your wallet! If you’re going to adopt a dog, there’s typically a fee — whether from a shelter or a breeder. Then, you’ll have to get the pup on a shot schedule so they don’t catch a virus, typically every 3-4 weeks for a few months. On top of that, add on spaying/neutering, heartworm preventative, collars, dog shirts (whoops), food and toys, and you might end up with a hefty bill! Just be sure you’re prepared before you commit.
2. They’ll make you a morning person (because you literally have no choice)
I have always been an early riser — or so I thought. Puppies love the morning! They love the sunrises, they love when you play with them, and they love to make sure that you KNOW that they’re ready to be awake. There’s no sleeping in until 11 a.m. anymore, unless you’re ridiculously lucky. I was not.
3. Puppy parenthood ensures that you’re active every day
For such little balls of fur, they have an incredible amount of energy. If they’re not exercised well and worn out a little every day, they get destructive and, quite frankly, annoying. Our generation has been so conditioned to consistently be on our phones and plugged in. Puppies aren’t like that. When a puppy enters your world, there’s more time for long leash walks under the sun and fetch in the backyard. The once lazy you just doesn’t have time to be lazy anymore, and your FitBit is happy, too.
4. They’re a great way to learn discipline
Potty training and housebreaking a puppy is tough work. At least for the first few weeks you’re up every few hours, having to methodically repeat words like “potty” and “outside” and “crate.” If you decide to crate train your little one, you’ll probably be dealing with nights filled with whining and barking. However, the discipline that you’re trying to instill in your new dog will without a doubt ingrain itself into you, too.
5. They’ll become the most important thing in your life
It might sound so cheesy, but there’s just nothing quite like being a pup parent. It’s different from having dogs in childhood because you’re totally responsible now. You feed them, and walk them, and sleep with them (in your bed, if you’re me and you’re a weak person). There will undoubtedly be chewed-up shoes or ruined rugs, but it all washes away when you’ve got a sweet puppy cuddled up next to you. Also, they’re pretty dang cute when they dream.
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